They are a writer’s tools, fuel, paintbrush, sustenance, building blocks, joy, co-conspirators…and often, worst enemy.
Have you ever known someone who starts sharing an exciting event with you, but fills the story with so many details you forget why you wanted to hear it in the first place?
The right words can make a reader laugh, cry, thrust a triumphal fist in the air, start a revolution, or sigh in bliss. Toss too many words into a story, however, and all the reader will feel is frustration. If, that is, the story even has any readers.
How do I know? Well, that tale would require too many words.
So, since I’m knee-deep in the task of removing thousands of words from the novel I’m trying to get published, I’ll let Dr. Seuss finish this blog post for me. Continue reading →
Beginning in the fall, Tuesday’s are known as Pajama Day around our house. Our Mondays become booked from 6:45 a.m. until 9:00 p.m., combine that with a week before of work, school, activities, life…WHEW! By Tuesday morning, I want to be comfy at home with my kiddos. So, we stay in our jammies, I make some coffee, and we hunker down to our school work and rest. Continue reading →
I have an awesome (yes, I’m an 80’s kid) group of brainstorming partners, and our recent sessions have been great. I’ve got proof, notebook pages full of ideas for my WIP. However, practical application, sitting in the chair and transforming those ideas into words on the pages has been a bit slow for me.
So, I decided I needed to reignite inspiration. Spending time with the Master Artist, listing to music and reading, and having some fun with writing prompts. There are so many great websites for writers and ones based on writing prompts…here are a few I found. Continue reading →
What do you do when you search for a spark of inspiration, and find only cold ashes?
Photo Credit: Kawan Powers
That’s exactly what happened to me this morning as I awoke with thoughts of the next blog post and chapters of novel revisions awaiting me. No sudden burst of light filled my mind. No warm flood of insight, no spontaneous combustion of ideas, just a bunch of dry, grey dust clogging my brain.
Though my fellow writers are likely nodding in empathy right now, this snuffing of inspiration doesn’t just plague wielders of the pen. Musicians, artists, business owners, marketers, parents, people of faith who’ve fallen into a spiritual rut—in short, everyone–will experience a slump in inspiration at some point.
Well then, what do we do about it?
The answers to that may be as varied as the individual flames in a fire, but let’s try to find a few of them together. Continue reading →
In 1776, America’s founding fathers did just that. They took a bold, scary, irrevocable step that led to total freedom from British authority.
If you live in America, can you imagine some guy from England showing up at your doorstep today, demanding you pay a fine for violating some law established by the British parliament? You’d laugh in his face.
Last weekend, our church hosted guest minister Russell Kalenberg. His message gave me an entirely new perspective on what it means to declare independence. As I listened, ideas not only for this blog post, but for my life as a writer and believer, started brewing.
So, what does it mean to declare independence? In this land of liberty I and many others are blessed to call home, from what do we still need to break free? Continue reading →
The quote above could have been written just for the current stage in my writer’s journey. Revision…on steroids.
Mark Twain’s words don’t just apply to writers, though.
They do brilliantly sum up the entire writing process. A great idea or profound point will never have the impact the author intends if it’s buried within a host of unnecessary or less-powerful words.
But easy? Yeah, NOT.
How is the quote relevant for non-writers? Well, have you ever caught a severe case of foot-in-mouth disease? How often have you wished you could hit the delete button on some “wrong word” you’ve texted, e-mailed, or spoken?